Living By Giving

Scholarship Entrant: Amanda from Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Amanda: 10

Fulfillment of the American Dream is often equated with one’s ability to convert their favorite pastime into a revenue generating enterprise. An odd duck by nature, I have no interest in monetizing my hobbies. I’m looking to change the world in a big way, and embrace the reality that this aspiration may result in work that is not always leisurely in nature.

In terms of what i hope to achieve, ease and glamour are secondary priorities to meaning and growth. My sleeves are rolled up, and I’m ready to adventure the road less traveled. Doing something I love is okay, but doing something good? True servant leadership in action? Now that’s inspiring. That’s a mark I’m ready to leave on this world.

Upon graduation, I intend to buy a mobile tiny house, travel to communities in need and empower them with the skills they need to thrive. An example of the work I’d like to do is reducing the need for food shelves by planting community gardens, and trees that nourish at no cost.

I’ve already started saving, but integral to these ambitions is the completion of my degree. If selected as a recipient, the money would be applied directly to my remaining tuition costs. Post-graduation I plan to support myself through savings, writing, odd jobs, and living minimally, because living well shouldn’t be measured by the acquisition of material desires, but by what we do to make the world a better place.

Vote for Amanda: 10

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